Nearest town: Carlisle (6 miles by car), Cumbria
Opening Times: Winter – 0900-1830 and by arrangement; Summer – 0800-1730 and by arrangement
Longest Runway: 1837m, Asphalt
Fuel: AVTUR JET A1, AVGAS 100LL
Phone: 01228 573641 (Operations), 01228 573629 (ATC)
Website: www.carlisleairport.co.uk, Wikipedia entry
AIP: plates and airport diagram
- Handling: Airport Operations (01228 573641)
- Taxis: Airbus 2000 (01697 73735)
- Car Hire: Avis (08445 810014, www.avis.co.uk), Hertz (01228 524273, www.hertz.co.uk), Europcar (01228 511760, www.europcar.co.uk); Note: These services operate out of Carlisle, not at the airfield itself
- Facilities at airport: Cafe
- Flying Schools: Border Training (01228 573490, www.borderairtraining.com), Carlisle Flight Training (01228 573344, www.carlisle-flight-training.com), Cumbria Microlight Training Centre (01228 526461), Northumberland Aircraft Maintenance (01228 573990), Roger Savage Gyroplanes (017684 83859, www.rogersavage.co.uk)
- The Kings Head Inn, Fisher Street, Carlisle (01228 533797, www.kingsheadcarlisle.co.uk). One of the oldest and most atmospheric pubs in Carlisle, this is nevertheless not a ‘touristy’ pub, but remains a quiet, comfortable sort of place where you can have your beer in peace.
- The Howard Arms, Lowther Street, Carlisle (01228 532926). Another well known Carlisle pub with interesting interiors (think jumble of rooms, antique tiles, overall cosy effect) that usually serves Theakstons Bitters and Black sheep.
- The Magpie, Victoria Road, Botcherby, Carlisle. An Oakwell brewery pub where the evenings tend to get a bit loud noisy – very popular with locals, especially football supporters. A good option for those who fancy some company and football talk.
- Gallo Rosso, Parkhouse Road, Kingstown, Carlisle (01228 526037, www.gallorosso.co.uk). Very comfortable Italian restaurant and excellent food, including freshly baked bread.
- Crosby Lodge Country House, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle (01228 573618, www.crosbylodge.co.uk). Fine dining restaurant that serves classical French cuisine. Known especially for their desserts.
- Alexandros Greek Restaurant, 68, Warwick Road, Carlisle (01228 592227, www.thegreek.co.uk). Somewhat expensive but does some of the best Greek food in this region.
- Crown & Mitre, 4 English Street, Carlisle (01228 525491, www.peelhotels.co.uk). An Edwardian style building that houses a hotel with comfortable rooms and all mod-cons. Located very conveniently in the town centre.
- String of Horses Inn, Faugh Heads Nook, Near Carlisle (01228 670297, www.stringofhorses.com). A traditional inn 10 miles away from Carlisle, that started up way back in 1659 as a halting place for stagecoaches on the road. While the interiors have been modernised, this is still an attractive option for those wanting to combine a bit of history with some ruralising.
- The Tranquil Otter, The Lough, Thurstonfield, Carlisle (01228 576661, www.thetranquilotter.co.uk). 5 miles away from Carlisle, the Tranquil Otter set in the countryside on a private nature reserve offers wildlife watching and luxury cottages for those who want their privacy. There is a microlight flight option to Carlisle airport as well.
- Carlisle Golf Club (01228 513 029, www.carlislegolfclub.org). Set on undulating parkland terrain, this club welcomes visitors with a handicap certificate on advance reservation.
- Dalston Hall Golf Club, Dalston, Carlisle (01228 710271, www.dalston-hall-hotel.co.uk). A club that has its own castle on acres of private gardens and woodlands!
- Stoneyholme Municipal Golf Course, St. Aidan’s Road, Carlisle (01228 625222, www.carlisleleisure.co.uk). An 18-hole golf course that welcomes visitors and is conveniently close to the town centre.
- Carlisle is a convenient base for a visit to Hadrian’s Wall (www.hadrians-wall.org), the famous remnants of old Roman barriers.
- Carlisle Castle and Cathedral are also well worth a visit.
- www.historic-carlisle.org.uk, Carlisle Tourism Information
- www.visitcumbria.com, Tourism Information for the Cumbria region
Terence Beckett says
the Magpie inn was the main social point for the men of Botcherby including my dad, Bill Beckett, it was almost a men only pub with wives girlfriends etc confined to the snug, how times have changed, the bowling green was hugely popular and summer months saw immense activity with matches regularly played, the green was rarely emtpy. the terrace at the rear was open to families on fine days, though small children were not encouraged. the atmosphere on weekends especially was amazing. regretfully such comradiery is now in short supply. happy days. though they cannot all have been without blissful, but the memory disregards the bad days.